Los Angeles Press While online dating has totally shed the stigma that was long attached to it, speed dating is still largely seen as a last resort for desperate singles who have failed everywhere else in the dating pool At least, that's what I went into it thinking. I pictured a snaking line of dolled-up girls changing seats at a dinging bell in front of a small handful of awkward, overwhelmed men.
Somehow, that wasn't it at all. In fact, speed dating may actually be NYC's best-kept dating secret. Inside, it looked more or less like a restaurant preparing itself for regular dinner service dim lighting, candlelit tables , rather than the morose, clinical vision I had concocted of name tags, clipboards, and other trappings of business conferences. People filed in one at a time and checked in with the hostess, who cleared their name from a list and handed them a card for keeping track of dates that night.
The rules of the road are fairly simple. Women sit on one side of the table while men rotate from seat to seat in front of them. After five minutes, the men move to the next seat, and so on. At the end of the event, you pick the top people you were interested in and return the card. Should there be any mutual matches, the organizers of the event will put you two in touch. Far from what I expected, the majority of guys I met were… normal. Even, dare I say it, interesting!
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One of those attending the Los Angeles event that night in was Deepak Jain, a first-generation Indian-American who was on the rebound from a broken engagement Indeed, a match between Ms. Woodward Pu, 25, and Mr. Jain, 37, seemed unlikely. Woodward Pu, who aspired to write her own television show, was then working at a television-information website.
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I walk up to the host and ask her when I can expect to jump in the game. Do you have a score-card yet? It takes me a moment to realize I am not already drunk and seeing double, but that she and her identical twin are hosting the event: She looks at me with vacant eyes, bored with the fact that I exist. Eventually, I am directed to Girl Number One of approximately fifteen.
To describe each girl in detail would be a futile exercise for me and my friend Jack Daniels. But I can say that a majority of these girls are either Asian or Hispanic, with a few Jewish and Caucasians thrown in for good measure. The age-range was specified by the service as being prime coupling years and they all appear respectable and educated, if not entirely head-turning.
I am surprised, however, to discover that a majority of these girls are native Angelinos. Never before in my eleven years in this city have I encountered so many genuine female locals as I have now, and I try to figure out some sort of pattern.